Join Date: Aug 2017
Location: Sherwood Park, Alberta, Canada
Congrats on the new FJR!
I’ve not had issues when shifting from 1st to 2nd and I haven’t heard of this being a common issue. Perhaps try an adjustment to your shift lever in order to suit your foot position and how you shift, to give a more positive engagement. Pulsating at the front brake lever, other than ABS, isn’t normal or typical. I’d suggest check your front rotors for excessive runout, seems unlikely that they’d be warped, but you won’t know without checking. Regarding speed wobble, at around 80 km/h under hands off deceleration, it isn’t uncommon. Some say switching to tapered head bearings (stock are ball) fixes the problem. I’d suggest checking your head bearing play and re-torque if necessary as it’s common for the head bearings to be on the loose side, even from new...I know mine were, and I’ve adjusted them twice in the first nearly 50,000 km. That can help, as can a new front tire, but it doesn’t always fix the wobble completely. As for the top box along with panniers, don’t do it unless you’ve reinforced the subframe (many use either the Givi 357 rack which inherently strengthens the subframe where it’s weakest, or use a “stiffy kit” or sometimes both). Without adequate reinforcement, FJR subframes have been known to fail with use of a loaded top box.
Last edited by Yammieboy; 05-22-2020 at 02:59 PM.